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Secret Obsession

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  879 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Paige Donahue has always lived in her sister Camille's shadow. As children, Camille had the grades, the friends, and their parents' love, while Paige was left with hand-me-downs and criticism. Now as adults, Camille lives an idyllic life with her husband, Pierce, and her two perfect children in a beautiful home, while Paige is stuck in a small condo with bills she can't af ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
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I was torn between 2 and 3 stars on this book because it DID keep me turning the pages. It did intrigue me enough to keep reading at night past the time I had planned to, because I wanted to see how it turned out. However, the book was just not well written. Each sentence seemed so deliberate and bland - I felt like I was reading something written in the style of a middle or high-school student (not that some of them can't be talented writers). Certain portions of dialogue just seemed pointless. ...more
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Two more blessed than the other in many has everything...the other wants everything...including her sister's husband...the methods used to force this to happen were extreme...very extreme.

My thoughts...

This book sounded so much better than it was...I guess I thought it might be similar to an Emily Giffin or a Sophie Kinsella book but it was not.
Predictable plot, sort of an outrageous storyline and not very likable characters. It makes me sad to say this. I
One of the lucky people that won this book as a pre- release. As with all Kimberla Lawson Roby books this was an excellent read!!!
Secret Obsession is the kind of novel I wish more authors would write. Honestly, I do. I’m a huge fan of Chick Lit, but rarely is there a plot where the main character does something terrible. In the case of Secret Obsession Paige Donahue wants to steal her sister Camille’s husband and as soon as I saw that premise on Netgalley I requested it straight away and was thrilled to be accepted to read and review it. The moral dilemma put me off, but the plot fascinated, too. I wanted to know Paige’s r ...more

Have you ever thought your best friends boyfriend was cute? I'm sure most of us have found this to be the case but we would never take things any further than that. Well, how about taking it one step further and becoming obsessed with your sisters husband. Afterall thats what happens in Secret Obsession, Paige falls for her sister, Camille's husband.

Paige Donahue has always lived in her sister Camille's shadow. As children, Camille had the grades, the fri
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Roby does what she does best in Secret Obsessions; she kept me reading. The storyline was intriguing. Camille’s envious and demented sister, Paige, attempts to take her husband, Pierce, and her family. Paige uses sex, rape, blackmail, and a fantasy romance to snatch Pierce away from Camille, but alas, love prevails! Always anticipating Paige’s next move, it was hard to put the book down until I finished.

Nevertheless, the story was predictable almost immediately. While I couldn’t wait to read abo
I really think the book is pretty good. My emotions were up and down the whole way through. The plot is great. I cannot say that I knew what was going to happen the entire time like with some other books and movies, which is a good thing. Based on the story line, I would really like to read more of her books. My only problem with this book is the grammar. I understand she was trying to write in past tense but she put the word "had" in front of almost every past tense verb in the book! One partic ...more
I must say that I enjoyed this book. I was glad of how unexpected it was. A very quick read.

Camille is the pretty, smart, good hearted sister with the wonderful husband and two good kids. She's a housewife participating in a number of volunteer work who is adored by her mother and father.

Paige is also pretty and smart but a great manipulator and schemer. She's not well liked by her mother but instead of messing her moms life up she sees her sister, Camille, as the enemy and starts to plot to t
I finished this book so fast I surprised myself. The story line was a good one. It kept me turning the pages. The characters were on point and the role they played was good for a great story. I found myself chuckling at times because Paige seemed like a character out of one of my books. This was definitely a good read the only thing I would have like to read more of was Paige's mental problem. It would've been nice to see her mother attempt to go to counseling. Them going together would've been ...more
This was the first book I have read by Ms. Roby. I do intend to go out and read her other works. This book has me interested in her writing and a fan of this book in the process.

This was a good story, a very twisted tale. While listening (book on CD) to the story I kept thinking, "Wow, some people are really this disillusioned." I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what was going to happen next. The characters were believable to me and that's what drew me in. They were written well a
Definitely an easy and intriguing read but I believe Roby added fluff in the wrong areas while neglecting character development. I give it 3 stars for holding my attention.
Sheena  at Hot Eats and Cool Reads
I feel like I've read this book before. It was so predictable, that it will be soon forgotten. It is a mixture of many books I've read before and nothing stood out as remarkable or different. Overall it was still a decent read, not either good or bad, just a time passer. There was a small twist at the end that I never expected so that made it a bit better. I've really liked some of her other books I've read, so I will still be checking more of them out.
Lisa Muhammad
This is a compelling story of how when siblings become jealous of each other, they will do anything to come out on top including trying to seduce your spouse.

Camille and Pierce Montgomery have the perfect marriage and family life. The love they have for each other is evident amongst anyone who knows them. The only problem they have is a secret enemy, Paige who happens to be Camille’s sister. She is tired of being the forgotten sister and makes plans to destroy everything that the Montgomery’s ha
Carolyn Alleyne
For those of you who are fans of the author's Reverend Black's works, as I am, this is a good departure from that. I thought the story was a bit disjointed but it is a story of redemption and how sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own issues, we don't always remember our parents had lives and had issues themselves that can sometimes prevent them from doing the best job they need to.
I enjoyed this book as I have always enjoyed books by Kimberla Lawson Robyn. I feel uplifted after reading one of her books. Poor Paige was a product of rape and didn't know until her mom told her in a heated argument. She was always treated bad by her mom but never by her perceived father nor her sister, Camille. Paige wanted everything Camille had including her husband, Pierce. In the end there was forgiveness by everyone except the mother. Paige was admitted to a sanitarium and got mentally h ...more
This book started out hot from the beginning. Family can be your own worse enemy. Paige's hatred for her sister Camille causes her to do the ultimate betrayal amongst family members. At first I thought that her mom was so cruel towards Paige but I believe that she, Maxine (their mom) should have given her up for adoption because she couldn't love her like a mother should. A plot of rape and then a plot to have Camille caught by her husband in bed with another man was the ultimate drama. However ...more
I really enjoy all of Kimberla Lawson Roby's books that I have read. The character, Paige, in this book is crazy! The family dynamics are also very interesting. I could not put this book down!
This is a 2.5 read, nothing original. I agree with many reviewers that the "advertising" was a bit much. The voice of Camille was extremely annoying as was her character. Hard to listen.
Sep 14, 2011 Liz added it
It was good it had a few twist and turns. It was a fast reader for me.
I enjoyed this book, it truly was a page turner. I just couldn't put it down! There is something about a main character whose moral compass is questionable. However, I do feel like something in the book was missing.

Paige was an envious, self entitled, psycho b- with an itch. To be fair, I partially blame the mother and Paige did have a mental disorder.

In the end, I felt nothing but pity for Paige. I'm glad she got the help she needed though.

If your looking for a quick page turner, you should de
Camille is perfect. Smart, had good grades, popular, has a loving husband and two beautiful children, and parents who adore her. But there is one person who can barely stand the sight of Camille -- her own sister, Paige. She grew up criticized by parents, looked down upon, and treated like the sister that should have never been. After so many years of built up envy, Paige decides to flip the script and take what is rightfully hers: Pierce Montgomery. Only problem is Pierce is already married...t ...more
A exciting story and a fast read! A story about two sisters, one totally obsessed with the life of the other and willing to do anything to obtain it.

I can't tell you the number of times my mouth fell open because of the horrible things Paige did. It seemed that each new scheme was worse than the last. Camille is a true woman of God to forgive such hurt and pain at the hands of Paige's delusional self. I also enjoyed the truthful struggle of Camille and Pierce's marriage as well as the Godly reso
Though I blazed through this book on an hour bus ride, this book was just okay for me. At times I was just thinking "really, is this how this woman thinks.

The author wrote the book in a way to keep the action coming, it was never slow or dull, I just didn't really like the plot. It seemed a bit unrealistic. The mother hates the second child, but not the first. It just doesn't seem plausible. If a mother doesn't like one child, more than likely she doesn't like the other for the simple fact that
Katrina Burchett
All of her life Paige Donahue has been treated like an outcast while her sister, Camille, got plenty of love, affection and material things from their parents. Well, no more!! Paige is planning to take what she feels she deserves and she doesn't care who she hurts.

Paige: This woman was living in her head; in a dream world so far away from reality. She was very good at lying and she believed her own lies. She was vindictive, manipulative and had no problem `playin' with other peoples emotions'.
I'm not sure what to say about this story. I need half stars...2.5. It was quick and interesting...but a little predictable. Kind of reminded me of a Lifetime movie, where it just gets crazier and crazier and you know what's gonna end up happening, but you keep watching anyway while screaming at the tv.

I couldn't figure out figure out why Paige hated Camille so much when it was the mom that gave her the most grief as a kid, but it makes sense in the end. The mom pretty much was responsible for a
There are times in most families when siblings may not get along. There may be petty arguments and occasionally jealousies, but nothing quite like the emotions shown by Paige Donahue toward her sister Camille in Secret Obsession by Kimberla Lawson Roby.

Paige has been secretly jealous of her big sister Camille for most of her life. Now, as adults, Paige is not only envious of Camille but also of her good fortune and marriage. Paige has also decided that she is in love with her brother-in-law and
Hsiau Wei
Scary is the words come to mind. What more when it happened to two sisters. At first, i didn't realise just how screwed up Paige's mind is until i reach the midsection. Only then, i realise that this is not a book with genre that i normally read. It is indeed about how phychotic one can become and disturbed mind can do to a person. Paige, plotted a scheme to ruin the marriage of her elder sister and tried to claim her position as well as the husband. In order to do so, she insisted to have the h ...more
Vi Louise
I absolutely love Kimberla Lawson Roby but from the beginning disk, this title didn't feel like she wrote it. I kept thinking the protagonist was so delusional that it was unbelievable. Thank God this book is only 4 disks.

The reader does a believable performance although much of the premise is totally unbelievable. The ending is really predictable with the original problem stemming from Paige's birth. Even the wrap up is nice and neat with bows on it. Not her best work.
Laquita Logan
First of all I must say that I do not like stories about crazy people and especially about crazy people who act normal. I have never read a book that caused me to have such negative feelings for a character as this one. I give this book +3 stars for that and -2 for the ending. I don't know that I could go anywhere but in this book to find this level of forgiveness for what was done. I kept turning the page because I. Just. Had. To. See.
Donna Brown
In the process of purchasing a house and got real stressed about spending my savings. So what does any writer do when they are stressed out? I personally decided I had to escape and picked up this book. It is a quick read and the point of view is from an unbalanced person. (Kind of how I was feeling). This book was exactly what I needed to stop my Obsession about spending too much money.
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